850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - 850 Business Magazine August-September 2010

Will Apalachicola revive its shipbuilding past?

Thanks to a new state grant system, Florida’s traditional waterfronts may come back to life. The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program, created in 2008, is aimed at restoring once-vital coastal communities. Apalachicola is the first community to…

Local businesswomen walk for a cure

Local businesswomen Jennifer Holcombe and Jessica Jones are sisters and best friends who last year teamed up for the biggest physical challenge of their lives — participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City. Walking Miles…

Bay County EDA's Janet Watermeier talks personal

Even when Janet Watermeier is relaxing, she’s thinking — perhaps subconsciously — about economic activity. Rain Maker Janet Watermeier, PANAMA CITY Director, Bay County Economic Development Alliance By Jason Dehart Originally published in the Aug/Sep 2010 issue of 850 Magazine…

James Kerley's Mission for Gulf Coast Community College

He’s known around campus as a cheerleader, risk-taker and visionary. His resume boasts three decades of community college experience — including 21 years as a community college president. Since June 2007, James Kerley has served as president of Gulf Coast…

The vital signs of (850) hospitals

Northwest Florida, the state’s last real frontier, has undergone a multitude of changes over the past decade. The population has grown, industry has blossomed, educational opportunities have expanded and, not surprisingly, local medical care provided by the region’s hospitals has…